Frances abseils Forth Bridge

67-year old Frances French took part in the event on June 20 at the Scottish landmark
67-year old Frances French took part in the event on June 20 at the Scottish landmark

A Stonehaven grandmother looks to have raised well over £1000 for the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance after abseiling the Forth Rail Bridge.

67-year old Frances French took part in the event on June 20 at the Scottish landmark, along with a number of other thrill-seakers fundraising for many different causes.

67-year old Frances French took part in the event on June 20 at the Scottish landmark

67-year old Frances French took part in the event on June 20 at the Scottish landmark

Speaking to The Leader, Frances said she thoroughly enjoyed the experience but isnt sure she would ever do something like it again.

She said: “I really enjoyed myself doing it and once it was over it was well worth the wait.”

Frances was initially set to do the 165ft abseil last October on the day of her 67th birthday but due to high winds the event had to be postponed.

“I was worried when I was making my way down that it might get called off again but it didn’t and I was relieved when it was finally over.

“The plan was to do it on my 67th birthday so when it didn’t happen I was very very disappointed.

“Having done it now thought I can say I really enjoyed it, it was good fun.”

Frances suffered a brain aneurysm in 2011 and was taken to Edinburgh by the Scottish Air Ambulance for specialist treatment.

Frances, who is no stranger to fundraising, says she wouldn’t be here today if not for the SCAA so she was glad to be able to give something back.

“It was my way of saying thank you.

“My biggest worry before doing it was that I might get strapped in and start the descent then suddenly need the toilet, I have Crohn’s disease which can cause me trouble with needing the bathroom.

“My son was waiting for me at the bottom when I got down and pointed out the toilets but I was okay.

“The team of helpers who strapped everyone in were very friendly and helpful and did a good job putting my mind at ease.”

The event was made extra special as this year marks the 125th anniversary of the Forth Rail Bridge and everyone who took part in the abseil was presented with a commemorative token.